Independent Housing Policy

Syracuse University requires all students to reside in program housing unless they meet specific criteria and are granted a waiver through a petition process.  An independent housing petition will only be reviewed should the applying student meet one of the following criteria:

  • Religious reasons – The student must provide acceptable documentation establishing the required living condition as a faith requirement that Syracuse Abroad cannot otherwise provide in approved housing.
  • Disability accommodation – the student must provide documentation and be approved by Syracuse University’s Center for Disability Resources (CDR) for a housing accommodation that cannot be accommodated by program housing,
  • Family member resides in the city of program – the student must provide documentation of the family members local address and a letter of support from a parent or guardian. 

The deadline for submitting the independent housing petition form waiver is May 1 (for fall semester) and October 1 (for spring semester). If you have questions about the process please contact Bridget Demorest at